Huntingdon Football to play in Div. III Playoffs

The Huntingdon football team will make its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Football Championship, after it was awarded a Pool B bid on Sunday by the NCAA Selection Committee. The Hawks will host Mississippi College, on Saturday, November 21, at noon on Charles Lee Field at W. James Samford Jr. Stadium.

“Obviously, we are extremely excited about the opportunity to continue our season,” Huntingdon head coach Mike Turk said. “All I can think about is all the guys that have laid the foundation for this program and helped make today a reality. We are thankful that the committee recognized our achievements this season and gave us an opportunity to compete for the National Championship.”
The Hawks enter the contest with the Choctaws with an 8-2 overall mark and were winners of six of their last seven games.
Mississippi College currently sports a similar 8-2 record and earned their way into the playoffs via winning the American Southwestern Conference championship. The Choctaws were ranked 19th in the last poll and were among the “Others Receiving Votes” in the most recent American Football Coaches Association poll.
The winner of the first contest between the Hawks and the Choctaws on the gridiron will advance to take on the winner of Wesley and N.C. Wesleyan.
Twenty-three conferences received automatic-qualifying berths for their conference champions.  Three berths were reserved for true independents and those teams that are members of conferences that do not receive automatic qualification.  The remaining six berths were awarded to teams from either automatic qualifying conferences that did not win an automatic berth, or remaining true independent teams and teams in non-automatic qualifying conferences.
The first round of the championship will be played November 21 at the host institution's campus or at an alternate site approved by the football committee.  The Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, the national championship game, will be played December 19, at Salem Stadium in Salem, Virginia.